This tomato, ricotta and basil antipasto is a twist on a caprese salad. It’s simple, unique and delicious and a great way to use summer tomatoes in a different way.
*Edited on September 30, 2015 to add new photos, but originally published on March 15, 2012.
I am so excited!!! I just came up with this idea tonight after not having bread (wanted to make bruschetta) or mozzarella (Plan B was a Caprese salad!)
What I did have was ricotta and I had this lovely vision and it looked like this:
This appetizer is so easy! Slice tomatoes, place on a plate, and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Top with a small spoonful (I used a melon-baller) of ricotta. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, then sprinkle with chopped fresh basil, ta dah!
Good ricotta and tomatoes will make all the difference!
I have discovered the best ricotta I’ve had outside of Italy, and it’s made by Grande Cheese Company. It comes in a 3 lb tub, but it lasts quite a long time (over a week once it’s opened.) It makes EVERYTHING taste incredible! I used to buy it surreptitiously at Whole Foods via their kitchen area (not sold to the public)!
The first time I tasted this ricotta was a few years ago when I had a piece of pizza at Whole Foods. It had mozzarella, ricotta and roasted garlic on top. I took one bite of the ricotta on the pizza and walked straight back inside to find out which brand of cheese it was. Yes, it’s that good!
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I have now found Grande ricotta at Monte Carlo Deli on Magnolia in Burbank, for half the price that Whole Foods used to sell it to me! If the only kind of ricotta you’ve ever had is Polly-O or Frigo, do yourself a favor and try Grande, it’s the way ricotta should taste–you won’t regret it!
- 4 oz of top quality ricotta cheese
- 2 medium sized, firm tomatoes, sliced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- sprinkle of sea salt
- chopped basil
Arrange the tomato slices on a flat serving plate.
Top with a small scoop of ricotta, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt and chopped basil. Serve.
Serving Size:1 tomato in slices
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 169 Total Fat: 14g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Protein: 6g
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